Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb With the edge foremost.
  • adverb On, by, with, or toward the edge.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • With the edge turned forward or toward a particular point.
  • In the direction of the edge; by edging.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb Edgeways.
  • adverb As if by an edge.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb as if by an edge; barely
  • adverb with the edge forward or on, by, or toward the edge

Etymologies

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edge +‎ -wise

Examples

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  • as in "I can't get a word in edgewise." A wonderfully vivid image.

    August 23, 2008

  • And in particularly difficult cases, I usually say, "I can't get a word in sledgewise. ;-)

    August 24, 2008